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Escape LA's Concrete Jungle on These 6 Easy Hikes

Escape from the stress of city life and relax in nature on these 6 easy hikes.

Description

Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis filled with cars, buildings, and strip malls for miles. With a population of 18.7 million people in the Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area, most outsiders wouldn’t even dream of coming to Los Angeles to hike. But the millions of adventurous people that live here know that despite being such a massive megalopolis, LA has easy access to incredible hiking right on its doorstep!

While the nearby San Gabriel Mountains are home to numerous lengthy, strenuous hikes, if you stick closer to the valley floor, you’ll find tons of easier opportunities to escape the concrete jungle and relax in nature. The Middlecrest Trail Loop and Tuna Canyon Budwood Motorway are both straightforward, easy hikes. To combine your hike with a dash of Hollywood culture, check out the MAS*H TV Set Hike.

Finally, if you want to truly leave the noise of the city behind by trading it in for the crash of the surf and the cries of seagulls, check out these three hikes located right on the coast: Point Dume Trail, Ocean Trails Reserve, and Dana Point Preserve.

M*A*S*H TV Set Hike
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

M*A*S*H TV Set Hike

Los Angeles
1 - 2 hrs
7.6 km
133 m
133 m
Scenic hike through Malibu Creek State Park to the filming location of a famous TV show.
Easy
Private
Middlecrest Trail Loop

Middlecrest Trail Loop

Los Angeles
1 - 2 hrs
5.6 km
148 m
148 m
Hike to a grassy hilltop in Bonelli Park with 360-degree views.
Easy
Private
Ocean Trails Reserve
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Ocean Trails Reserve

Los Angeles
0 - 1 hrs
4.3 km
114 m
113 m
Network of trails along bluffs and beaches with whale-spotting opportunities.
Easy
Private
Point Dume Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Point Dume Trail

Los Angeles
0 - 1 hrs
1.8 km
80 m
80 m
Spiraling path to a panorama over the Pacific, with tide pools and whale watching opportunities.
Easy
Private
Dana Point Preserve Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Dana Point Preserve Trail

0 - 1 hrs
1.4 km
42 m
42 m
Nature walk with great views over the ocean and a chance of spotting whales.
Easy
Private
Tuna Canyon Budwood Motorway
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tuna Canyon Budwood Motorway

Los Angeles
1 - 2 hrs
4.9 km
189 m
189 m
Ridgeline walk with ocean views above the Pacific Coast Highway
Easy
Private